Ying Li

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Assistant Professor of Horticulture
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Contact Info:

HORT 220

Training Group(s):
Computational and Systems Biology
Plant Biology

Active Mentor - currently hosting PULSe students for laboratory rotations and recruiting PULSe students into the laboratory; serves on preliminary exam committees

Current Research Interests:

My lab is interested in studying how crop metabolic networks respond to environmental and developmental stimuli at transcriptional and chromatin levels. Understanding these regulatory systems is vital to agriculture productivity and environmental sustainability. We apply cutting-edge molecular tools and computational approaches to probe gene regulatory networks underlying environmental and developmental responses. We harness the power of omics to develop a comprehensive understanding of plant responses at both transcriptional and epigenetic levels. Our ultimate goal is to identify key molecular players including epigenetic regulators to engineer better crops to promote agricultural sustainability and productivity in a changing environment.

Selected Publications:

Ryan Patrick, Xing-Qi Huang, Natalia Dudareva, Ying Li. Dynamic histone acetylation in floral volatile synthesis and emission in petunia flowers. Journal of Experimental Botany (2021), erab072.

Rachel M. McCoy, Russell Julian, Shoban R. V. Kumar, Rajeev Ranjan, Kranthi Varala, Ying Li. A systems biology approach to identify essential epigenetic regulators for specific biological processes in plants. Plants (2021), 10(2), 364.

Ying Li, Matthew Brooks, Jenny Yeoh-Wang, Rachel M. McCoy, Tara M. Rock, Angelo Pasquino, Chang In Moon, Ryan M. Patrick, Milos Tanurdzic, Sandrine Ruffel, Joshua R. Widhalm, W. Richard McCombie, Gloria M. Coruzzi. SDG8-Mediated Histone Methylation and RNA Processing Function in the Response to Nitrate Signaling. Plant Physiology Jan 2020, 182 (1) 215-227.

Ryan M Patrick, Ying Li. Experimental and Bioinformatics Advances in Crop Genomics. Plant Breeding Reviews. Vol42 (2018). Ying Li, Kranthi Varala, Gloria M Coruzzi. From milliseconds to lifetimes: Tracking the dynamic behavior of transcription factors in gene networks. Trends in Genetics: 31(9) (2015).

Ying Li*, Indrani Mukherjee*, Karen E Thum, Milos Tanurdzic, Manpreet S Katari, Mariana Obertello, Molly B Edwards, W. Richard McCombie, Robert A Martienssen, Gloria M Coruzzi. The histone methyltransferase SDG8 mediates the epigenetic modification of light and carbon responsive genes in plants. Genome Biology: 16 (79) (2015). *Equal contribution.

Alessia Para*, Ying Li*, Amy Marshall-Colón*, Kranthi Varala*, Nancy J Francoeur, Tara M Moran, Molly B Edwards, Christopher Hackley, Bastiaan OR Bargmann, Kenneth D Birnbaum, W Richard McCombie, Gabriel Krouk, Gloria M Coruzzi. Hit-and-run transcriptional control by bZIP1 mediates rapid nutrient signaling in Arabidopsis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 111 No. 28: 10371-10376 (2014). *These authors contributed equally.

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